On Tuesday, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who recently announced that he would not run for re-election on the floor of the Senate and tore into President Trump while doing so, issued a tweet showing that he had signed a check to Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones in order to oppose the candidacy of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Moore, who has been credibly accused of sexual molestation of underage women, earned an endorsement from President Trump this week, and the monetary support of the Republican National Committee as well.
Here was Flake’s tweet:
Regardless of whether you oppose Moore, it’s unconscionable from a conservative perspective to promote Jones. Jones is a radical Leftist who supports abortion on demand. You can loudly oppose Moore — I do — without sending money to an unapologetic opponent of values in which you believe. This is why “abstaining” exists.
But Flake may be more about gaining media attention than about morality at this point. He can sound off in precisely the same way Mitt Romney did. Instead, he chose to openly support Jones. That also gives Moore supporters the excuse to dismiss him as a closet Democrat who sold out, as opposed to a principled conservative who opposes Leftism as well as perverse candidates on his own side.